Brachionidium pteroglossum Luer 1984TYPE Drawing by Luer and The Epidendra Website

Full shade Cold Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Winged Tongue Brachionidium

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador in moss in cloud forests at elevations of 2400 to 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphtye with an erect, occasionally branching rhizome enveloped by 3, imbricating, abruptly mucronate sheaths and giving rise to suberect ramicauls enveloped by 2 similar sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, apiculate, 5 to 7 veined, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a slender, erect, .48 to .88" [1.2 to 2.2 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul with a loose, bract below the middle and another at the base as well as a infundibular, mucronate floral bract and carrying a pale green, purple striped, non-resupinate flower.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 1994 Dodson drawing fide; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XII Luer 1995 drawing fide; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005;